Building Second Chances: Tools for Local Reentry Coalitions
This toolkit is designed for local city, county, and community leaders who want to play an active role in improving reentry policy, practice, and outcomes. Within, you will find user-friendly references to seminal publications, research findings, and noteworthy examples of the foundational knowledge needed to design new reentry strategies and reinvigorate existing ones.
Enabling Personal and Community Transformation
Building on the information you gathered in screenings and assessments in Section 2, this Section of the toolkit describes how you can develop and improve critical behavioral health and community supports for people returning from prison or jail.
This section covers:
- Connect people to safe, stable, affordable housing. Prioritize linking people to housing as critical goal for your local reentry coalition’s efforts
- Ensure access to quality treatment and services for behavioral health needs. Quantifying the scope of the problem in your community to promote access to the quality behavioral health care
- Advance economic opportunity and mobility. Identify and address specific economic mobility challenges in your community by applying the results of related screenings and assessments
- Promote connections to family and prosocial networks. Involve “family” and other natural supports to promote connections and prosocial networks
|Section Highlight: Collaborative Case Management|
|Reentry efforts that include individualized case plans developed collaboratively by representatives from a variety of agencies can lead to improved outcomes for people returning to their communities. Compared to case plans developed by a single agency, these Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans integrate information from criminal justice, behavioral health, and other social services agencies. When continually updated and shared among partners, this case management can be used to ensure that a continuum of care exists to support people after release and that feedback is collected to determine the effectiveness of specific programs and services.|